Mark Zuckerberg is in trouble once again.
The young, dynamic and now controversial Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has once again found himself in deeply troubled legal waters. After a parliamentary hearing earlier this year where Mark was asked to testify before a US judiciary panel regarding the data breaches at the international social networking giant and over its involvement in the manipulative gameplay facilitated by Cambridge Analytica, he is now facing heat over charges of his platform being responsible for the routine dissemination of fake news.
Just last month, he became the center of global digital attention after hackers who claimed to be of Asian origin hacked over 50 million Facebook accounts, including that of Zuckerberg himself.
And if that wasn’t all, Mark is now facing legal scrutiny from five countries at the same time! While the UK leads the fake news charges, it will be joined by committee chairs from Australia, Argentina, Ireland and Canada in a historic joint-parliamentary committee. An international consortium, representative of all five countries, has already reached out to the Facebook CEO, asking him to appear before the committee sometime later this month (November).
Amidst rising pressure, Zuckerberg refuses to testify.
With the legal pressure surrounding his court appearance reaching a fever pitch, Mark Zuckerberg has still denied the summon. A statement was released by Facebook, claiming that it is just ‘not possible’ for their CEO to appear in front of all the committees. This denial was first reported by the Associated Press.
The UK’s legal and political infrastructure does not seem too pleased with Zuckerberg’s continuous refusal to appear before them, especially since Zuckerberg has already complied with US legal requests and addressed both European and US parliaments. Damian Collins (Chairman of the UK Parliament’s Media Committee) is set to lead the international committee on its first convention this Thanksgiving (November 2017). Collins has said that the five countries’ parliaments are now collectively urging Mark Zuckerberg to do the right thing for nearly 170 million users spread across these nations.
“Mark Zuckerberg has set himself the personal challenge of ‘fixing’ Facebook this year to prevent its misuse in our democratic process. By being unwilling to face questions about his progress, doubts about his ability to do so remain.” – Damian Collins
Source: Associated Press